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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:02 am    Post subject: Speed kit. Reply with quote

So i fitted my speed kit and all went together well....in the end and with a lot of putting on and taking it off again....the ease of installation is indeed inversely proportional to the complexity of the manual.

I followed the manual and bent the brackets in the workshop prior to taking them to the airfield.  I bent the right rear bracket a little too far towards the rear of the wheel and as a consequence the hex bolt which holds the disk on was stopped dead going forward by the bracket.    (off course this was after I had assembled the whole thing).  I took my mole grips to the offending bracket and bent it out of the way.  Now there is sufficient clearance.    But I am am left with the "what if" doubt in the back of my mind.  Has anyone had the same issue and if so what did you do about it?
And finally how do I clean up the silicone+grease finger marks?  What dissolves silicone that doesn't dissolve plastic and my fingers? 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Speed kit. Reply with quote

Hi Will,

I also recently had the joy of fitting the speed kit to my Europa. I didn't experience the brackets catching on the disk hex bolts, but I did find that the wire locking I had used on them was catching the edge of the starboard wheel spat. I ensure that the pigtail was folded flat against the disk, then filed some more of the wheel opening, and it did the trick, (the telltale clicking from the wheel when manually maneuvering the aircraft disappeared).

Your post will prompt me to check the overall clearance of the brackets, but I didn't notice a problem when fitting them.

I have had good results in clearing off excess silicon adhesive with acetone, but if you are worried about the effect of this, you could try acetone-free nail polish remover. Following a tip on here, I used this to good effect in clearing off some small paint splatter on my door window edges, after I had fitted and painted the fittings for the re-positioning of the door struts. However, I am no expert on the chemical effects of cleaning agents, so would defer to others knowledge in this area.

I took the instructions at face value regarding silicon adhesive being strong enough to hold together the leg fairings, until one of them disappeared on my aircraft's maiden flight. I have now secured all three with tie wraps, not quite as pleasing aesthetically, but definitely more secure.

Did you fit bulkheads to the front & rear of the spats ? I haven't yet, but as I hope to do some strip flying, it may be an option I will adopt.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Speed kit. Reply with quote

It was 3 days of joy in my case......
I used dacron lacing to secure leg fairings....as per bob nuckolls method.
Acetone is impossible to get in colombia as it is a precursor chemical for coke....Sad.
Alchohol seems to help remove it tho...industrial not the drinking kind...
Will

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--> Europa-List message posted by: "BobD" <rjd(at)bobdawson.plus.com (rjd(at)bobdawson.plus.com)>

Hi Will,

I also recently had the joy of fitting the speed kit to my Europa. I didn't experience the brackets catching on the disk hex bolts, but I did find that the wire locking I had used on them was catching the edge of the starboard wheel spat. I ensure that the pigtail was folded flat against the disk, then filed some more of the wheel opening,  and it did the trick, (the telltale clicking from the wheel when manually maneuvering the aircraft disappeared).

Your post will prompt me to check the overall clearance of the brackets, but I didn't notice a problem when fitting them.

I have had good results in clearing off excess silicon adhesive with acetone, but if you are worried about the effect of this, you could try acetone-free nail polish remover. Following a tip on here, I used this to good effect in clearing off some small paint splatter on my door window edges, after I had fitted and painted the fittings for the re-positioning of the door struts. However, I am no expert on the chemical effects of cleaning agents, so would defer to others knowledge in this area.

I took the instructions at face value regarding silicon adhesive being strong enough to hold together the leg fairings, until one of them disappeared on my aircraft's maiden flight. I have now secured all three with tie wraps, not quite as pleasing aesthetically, but definitely more secure.

Did you fit bulkheads to the front & rear of the spats ? I haven't yet, but as I hope to do some strip flying, it may be an option I will adopt.

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